Former Liverpool star, Jamie Carragher has claimed Lionel Messi called him a ‘donkey’ after he suggested the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner would not be a ‘great signing’ for Paris Saint-Germain earlier this season.
Apparently, this didn’t go down for the Argentine who wasted no time in letting the Sky Sports pundit know his feelings.
‘It was on Monday Night Football and I got a private message on Instagram,’ Carragher said on Friday Night Football after Watford’s defeat by Norwich at Vicarage Road.
‘From the man [Messi] himself. I will not be showing private messages but he basically called me a donkey.’
As Carragher’s co-pundit Gary Neville and presenter Dave Jones could barely contain their laughter, the former Liverpool defender continued:
‘He [Messi] watches Monday Night Football so hopefully, he’s watching Friday Night Football as well because Lionel, I absolutely love you
‘Greatest player of all time and compared to you I was a donkey. You know, I accept that, but you’re not getting in this team.
‘You haven’t played well enough, even if you did win the Copa America in the summer. It’s not enough to leave my man Mo Salah out the team.’
Asked by Jones to pick their own EA Sports FIFA Team of the Year for 2021, Carragher and Neville omitted both Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
‘No, no Messi [in my team],’ the 2005 Champions League winner said.
‘I mean we had that debate at the start of the season, Ronaldo or Messi. I was the Messi man, he [Neville] was Ronaldo but there’s no place in either team for them.’